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Taking over ‘Housefull 4’ wasn’t tough: Farhad Samji

Writer-director Farhad Samji, who replaced Sajid Khan to helm the fourth installment of “Housefull” after the latter was named in the #MeToo movement, says taking over the comedy film mid-way was not a “big creative jerk”.

“Housefull 4” was being directed by Sajid and was supposed to be his comeback to direction after his 2014 box office debacle “Humshakals” but he stepped down from the project following multiple sexual misconduct accusation against him.

Farhad, who also directed the third installment of the hit franchise, said since he was involved in the writing process of “Housefull 4”, things were easy.

“It (taking over) wasn’t difficult at all. I was already writing screenplay and dialogues for the film. I have a habit of narrating a film with voice modulation, mimicry. I am also present on the sets. I was on sets even on the earlier schedules (of the film).

“I also have a good equation with Akshay as I’ve worked with him in ‘Entertaiment’ and ‘Houseful 3’. So it wasn’t a big creative jerk but technically, when you become a director, fifty other departments open up. It was a pleasant technical experience,” Farhad told an agency.

The writer, who has penned more than 35 films, said the mood on the set didn’t take a dent as they were making a mad capper and everyone came together to make a good film.

“We were making a mad capper so the mood had to be that way from day one, since I joined and started to shoot. So there was no question of any mood change. We had fun shooting it and we completed the film, laughing along the way,” he said.

Farhad is currently elated with the response to his recent Rohit Shetty directed “Simmba”, which has touched RS 200 crore mark at the box office.

Farhad says the team didn’t intend to use rape as a trigger but hit home a larger point about doing the “correct” thing.

“When we had our story sitting, we thought what is that issue which will relate to every woman, every man, every family. Rape is something which still happens and we wanted to highlight this menace in the society.

“It was never meant to be used as a trigger to make Ranveer go from bad to good. We wanted to hit home the larger point,” he said.

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